- a temple.
- Architecture. cella.
Origin of naos
First recorded in 1765–75, naos is from the Greek word nāós dwelling of a god, inner part of a temple, shrine
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Examples from the Web for naos
Under the frieze of the naos an oval with the prenomen of Rameses II.A History of Art in Ancient Egypt, Vol. II (of 2)
At other times all these objects were deposited in the naos.A history of art in ancient Egypt, Vol. I (of 2)
They led their visitors through the pronaos and naos to the secos, to the holy of holies.The Tour
Hence the cella or naos is the central feature of the building.
Several steps led to the anteroom, supported by Ionic columns, which adjoined the naos.Arachne, Complete
- rare an ancient classical temple
- architect another name for cella
C18: from Greek: inner part of temple
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